Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19): A Message for Our Members
The ANBMT have received questions from RMTs about the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) outbreak and how to respond as healthcare practitioners. Given that there has been one confirmed case identified from the southeastern part of the province and five presumptive case recently identified, concern may now heighten. As healthcare professionals, you should seek additional information from reputable health authorities and the profession regulator (CMTNB) for directives regarding specific standards of practice and guidelines.
-At this time, it is very important to keep open lines of communication with clients (particularly for those RMTs/clients who have recently travelled internationally), regarding what you are doing to maintain and improve upon a safe, sanitized treatment room and clinic environment;
-Refer to information for travellers, click here.
-Provide assurances that you are taking all necessary precautions to ensure the health and safety of clients. Follow through on those assurances and be diligent!;
- Encourage frequent hand hygiene, sneeze and cough etiquette, and staying home when ill.
-Seek reliable, science-based guidelines and advice as determined by the Department of Health (NB), and the Government of Canada.
-Seek any additonal directives regarding standards of practice and guidelines from the profession regulator (CMTNB).
-Keep up-to-date about the current situation in your community.
Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health (Public Health) NB How can I protect myself from getting COVID-19?
In general, the following advice can help reduce your risk of infection and help prevent the spread of infections:
- wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds;
• avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands;
• avoid close contact with people who are sick;
• when coughing or sneezing;
o cover your mouth and nose with your arm or tissue
o wash your hands and dispose of any tissues you have used into the garbage
• stay home if you are sick to avoid spreading illness to others.
Here is a list of Awareness Resources provided by the Government of Canada that may be used for public awareness, click here.
Both of these websites below provide guidelines on infection control (up-to-date information):
An important authority for all RMTs to be aware of and to consult is the New Brunswick’s Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health (Public Health) website, which provides regularly updated information regarding the Coronavirus, click here.
Frequently Asked Questions– Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health (Public Health), click here.
The Government of Canada also offers guidance and information that is updated on an ongoing basis, click here.